named new Florida Southern athletic director
Former AD Roberts returning to North Carolina
(June 20, 2001) - Florida Southern College President Thomas L. Reuschling
announced today that Lois Webb has been promoted to athletic director
for the college. Webb replaces Mike Roberts, who resigned to move
back to North Carolina.
of working at Florida Southern has been extremely positive, but
Im looking forward to moving back home to be closer to my
family, said Roberts. I have almost 26 years in the
North Carolina system, and as I look toward retirement, its
just more prudent for me to continue my career in North Carolina.
Its the best thing for me to do - personally and professionally.
It will also give me the flexibility to return to coaching either
during the school year or in the Cape Cod Collegiate Baseball League,
where I coached in the summer of 2000.
Florida Southern in August 2000, after serving as assistant athletic
director and head baseball coach at North Carolina Asheville. Prior
to UNCA, Roberts had a 21-year career at the University of North
Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Mike and his hard work for Florida Southern, Reuschling said.
Mike works extraordinarily well with the students. He began
some great initiatives and dealt with some difficult issues. We
wish him the best in his new endeavors.
Webb, who served
as head coach of the Florida Southern College women's volleyball
team for 24 years, was promoted to assistant athletic director in
February 2001. Since then, she has worked directly with Roberts
in many areas including fund-raising, facility improvements, personnel,
and NCAA and Sunshine State Conference issues among others.
We believe Loiss extensive knowledge of the college
and the surrounding community make her an excellent choice to lead
the athletic department, Reuschling said. She is a strong
leader and has the respect of Florida Southern coaches, faculty
senior woman administrator in athletics since 1984, I believe Im
well prepared for this position, and I am looking forward to the
challenges it holds, said Webb.
A graduate of
The Florida State University, Webb earned her master's degree from
the University of Central Florida. She has been a member of the
Florida Southern faculty since 1977. Selected as the NCAA South
Region Coach of the Year in 1989, 1990 and 1993, Webb is a five-time
Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year in 1982, 1984, 1986,
1989 and 1990. She earned similar honors from the AIAW in 1980 and
1981. In 1991-92, Webb was inducted into the Inaugural Class of
the SSC Hall of Fame.
Florida Southern College is a member of the NCAA Division II and
competes in the Sunshine State Conference. Florida Southern sponsors
13 intercollegiate sports including seven for women and six for
men. Moccasin athletic teams have won a combined 23 NCAA National
Championships, including a record 11 by the men's golf team, a record
8 by the baseball squad, two by the women's golf team and one each
by the men's basketball and women's softball teams.
A private, four-year,
co-educational liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist
Church, Florida Southern college offers more than 40 undergraduate
majors and a master of business administration degree. It is accredited
by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools. Located in Lakeland, Fla., the college is home to the
largest, single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture
in the world.